Two brothers unite after 11 years, thanks to Facebook

FacebookAnkush (L) and Santosh at their Hadapsar home.

At the gurdwara langar, Ankush started doing seva and came close to the Sikh baba who looked after the place. "In six months, I learnt all my work. In 2013, another baba, Major Singh from a Ludhiana-based gurdwara, came and saw me working."

Impressed by his work, the baba took him to Ludhiana. "I changed my name to Gurubaj Singh and became a Sikh," he said. Ankush used to transport wheat donated by people back to the gurdwara. The baba taught him driving and also helped him get a licence.

But on July 21 night, he had a fight with a fellow worker. "I was reminded of Santosh with whom I always used to fight. I looked him up on FB and found him. I messaged my number and he called," he said. The brothers talked for two hours.

"The baba booked my ticket for Jhelum Express and I reached Pune station on July 28," Ankush said. Hemlata said the family had stopped looking for him two years after he left home. "But I always knew he was safe," she said. Ankush now plans to settle in Pune. "My brother has a stationery shop. I will join him. I won't convert back to my religion. "

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